This is definitely one of the most conveniently located hostels I've ever found in Europe; heading straight from the Hauptbanhof main entrance you can get there by foot in a few minutes. You aren't lost if you see a lot of brothels and strip clubs- the hostel is indeed in the midst of Frankfurt's tenacious red light district. You may (especially after dark) have to forge your way through gaggles of tenacious hucksters, but that is hardly enough of a problem to make Five Elements not worth your while.
The staff were very sporting about accommodating multiple last-minute schedule changes, and I ended up with a pretty good setup in one of their 6 bed dorms. The rooms and communal showers are well maintained and clean, and you have more than enough at your disposal in the hostel's facilities to make the 20-30 Euro price more than worth it. Collocated in the basement is a small but well-equipped kitchen and a reliable washer/dryer setup. The soap is provided in a separate box, so you can hand wash individual garments for free if you don't have enough to want to was as a full load.
They have staff on hand to lead guests on the occasional walking tour, and the hostel rents bikes hourly or daily; I got a bike for the day for about 10 Euros, and wit their proximity to the bridge it's a good place from which to explore the city without being consigned to the U-bahn the whole time.
Finally, the ground-level lounge is big and laid out with large tables to facilitate socialization. To further this end they have a well manned bar and nightly happy-hour deals on cocktails. Throughout the week they offer free pasta and cheap grill food, and their pub crawl to the south side of the river takes you to some good, surprisingly inexpensive places. There's enough space to accommodate a nihilistic descent into ethanol-fueled LCD solipsism, too, if such is to your liking. But nobody needs much help with that these days.
Ideal location (for some more than others, certainly...), great services and reasonable mid-range prices make this an easy place to recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Isn't it strange? Germany's biggest international airport, lots of interesting destinations on the doorstep, but hard to find a bed for a backpacker? From summer 2008 on these times are over! Then, the Five Elements Hostel will open its doors to the public. In a beautiful turn of the century building right in the center of Frankfurt, we created a quality hostel, from scratch, stylish and brand new. The Five Elements Hostel is wholly dedicated to you, the traveler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Five Elements Hostel Frankfurt Hotel Frankfurt
- 5 Elements Hostel Frankfurt